Limon Rotisserie is a Peruvian staple in downtown Burlingame and its menu has something for everyone. For an appetizer, choose from their various ceviches (paired with taro chips, of course) and a wide range of empanadas. For your main course, the lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian beef stir fry and a customer favorite. If you’re in the mood for something a little less traditional, order the truffle mac and cheese. As restaurants begin to reopen, Burlingame Avenue is closed to traffic between El Camino Real and California Drive from Friday through Sunday to allow for outdoor dining. In addition to limited seating inside the restaurant, Limon offers special seating along the sidewalk and on the avenue.
1101 Burlingame Avenue, open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30AM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday from 11:30AM to 10:30PM.
Visit California Avenue any time of day and you’re bound to see a line snaking out the door at Zareen’s. Don’t let that line scare you—the Peninsula’s best Pakistani and Indian food is well worth the wait. Absolute must-haves at Zareen’s include the chicken cemoni samosas and the chicken tikka masala paired with sheermal, a heavenly, slightly sweet flatbread with hints of saffron. As restaurants begin to reopen, California Avenue is closed to traffic between El Camino Real and Birch Street to allow for outdoor dining, although Zareen’s has its own patio as well. When you visit, remember to grab a cup (or two) of their complimentary masala chai.
365 California Avenue, open Monday to Friday from 11:30AM to 9PM; Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 9PM.
It might be impossible to have a bad time at Milagros. This vibrant Mexican restaurant not only serves delicious cocktails and food, but also offers one of the largest (and most beautiful) outdoor patios on the Peninsula, now extended onto Main Street. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening out. When you go, be sure to pair their Milagros margarita with the salsa trio, featuring their salsa roja, tomatillo salsa and charred pineapple salsa and the chicken mole enchiladas, although you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Milagros is part of “Eat, Sip and Be in Redwood City,” which closes certain streets to allow for outdoor dining until September 30.
1099 Middlefield Road, open Wednesday and Thursday from 4PM to 9PM; Friday and Saturday from 12PM to 9PM; Sundays from 12PM to 8PM.